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14
Aug 12

HTML5 Date Element: Mobile Browser Support Snapshot

The HTML5 date element is an especially great addition in the mobile world. It triggers native controls, built for mobile devices, instead of forcing the developer to come up with a normally-complex solution. Support was not there for a while but apparently things are improving as of late.

For example:

iOS 5.1 Safari

Screen shot of HTML5 date field on iOS 5.1 Safari browser

Android 4.x Chrome:

HTML5 date element in Android 4.x Chrome Browser

But sadly, the native Android 4.x browser is not compatible.

Android 4.x Browser's rendering of the HTML5 date element

I say, use it!

Posted from Westborough, Massachusetts, United States.


10
Nov 11

Why keep HTML5 open when you can make it proprietary?

Say what you will, this is pretty cool – at least at the idea level: a specialized, HTML5 web browser for mobile devices that provides special hooks for HTML5 apps granting them access to native device features. Pretty nifty, right? Naturally the people who control the platform, kinda get to decide what can and cannot run, maybe get a cut of the action for the business that they are generating for you and for the work that they invested in making and marketing the app.

In exchange for openness, you get cool features (especially for games) and capabilities you otherwise will not be able to provide. Tradeoffs tradeoffs. Still, pretty darn cool.

mobiUs … the world’s first HTML5 Web App browser.


02
Sep 08

Google Chrome: First Impressions

I am proud to put my happy fanboy glasses on and say that I installed Google Chrome on its first day. Better yet, I am writing now using it. Can you believe Firefox is no longer the cool kids’ browser. So sad. So what do I think of it having used it for precisely 10 minutes:

Yay:

  • Wicked Fast
  • Sorta cute looking
  • Search in the address bar works very well
  • Design outside of Mozilla’s reach
  • Process-based design is interesting, maybe it can actually work, hey think outside the box, yo
  • Download manager looks like the Firefox Download Bar extension, only looks waaaaay better
  • No Mac version. Please talk to the genius at the genius bar. I am bitter.

Nay:

  • No ad blocking. Yeah, Google – the ad people – will let you f- with that. I bet that is like, motivation #1 for this whole adventure
  • A remarkably sad day for web developers. Not only are companies going to want to test for another browser like Safari or god have mercy, Opera, you really need another pain in the but in the form of Chrome. And yeah, it renders like Safari, but its JavaScript is all new. Wheee
  • No integration yet with del.icio.us and web developer tools that make Firefox sing
  • Google needing to support users on Windows. Welcome to hell.
  • Only god know which nameless, oh-so-private stats are being collected on us when we use a product from a company that makes money off of that. Yeah, it’s open source, but did you read a million lines lately?
  • Facebook not like, 100% with Chrome: The next/previous links in the Facebook image gallery don’t work; the comment on news feed stories do not work; photo tagging is a fail too; the more I try the list gets longer – in short, FB is shafted in Chrome. Petty, I know, but I am sharing. Doubt Facebook, on the Microsoft side and a Google wannabe anti-Christ, wants to care.

Regardless, I root for Google. Another ballsy, way beyond uber-cool idea. Seems to be running. Was a pain to download because apparently they are so deluged with requests it hurt their servers.

How’s this for low-to-lowest brow review?